A while ago I mentioned that, hey, I must just like ‘em big and eagerly took up TabuToys when they offered a larger sized toy for review. After all, why wouldn’t I be curious just how much I can take? The answer is, at least, a diameter of 1.75″ or a circumference just shy of 5.5″. Not bad if I do say so myself. Still, my experience with Vibratex’s Pearl Thunder illustrated that maybe a toy of such size isn’t the best for rotation. Or maybe I should just be done with rotating toys in general.
Although billed as an X-tra Thick toy, I found only part of this rabbit style vibrator to be really large: the head. In fact, only the head is truly 1.75″ in diameter. The rest of the shaft is slightly smaller at about 1.5″ in diameter (and around 5 insertable inches) which seems pretty average to me.
Although, that’s probably the only “average” part of this vibe. I found the whole thing to be really unique, perhaps even weird. With 2 different faces on the toy – 1 which gives new meaning to “head” of a cock toward the top with the engorged tip seeming like hair and one molded into the back of the shaft – I almost want to giggle. The description on TabuToys lists is as the “Thunder from down under” and I conjured up a sort of purple, Aboriginal totem pole.
And don’t worry – there’s animals too! The clitoral stimulator, which is some sort of fork tongued panther-like animal over a small, unique, cylindrical (rather than bullet-shaped) vibrator. And we’re not done yet. On the back of the shaft, around the same height as the clitoral bullet is some sort of rodent (squirrel, otter, beaver?). Whatever it is, it does nothing as I couldn’t feel it at all during insertion.
It almost seems like Vibratex took a bunch of leftovers from production of other toys to make the Pearl Thunder and, as you can imagine, there is a lot of texture. There are little etching-like markings over the whole shaft which provide friction if I stroke my hand my over it but aren’t felt as much upon insertion. The clitoral stimulator also has some slightly raised nubs which provide a bit of external friction. The added friction, especially with a toy this large, requires a healthy dose of lube and although I used water based, silicone based will work as well. This is also helpful with the stickyness of the “food-grade,” latex-free vinyl (AKA Jelly). The toy will pick up a bit of lint and could possibly react with toys of similar material so storing it in a cool, dark place and away from other toys is the way to go. Furthermore, sharing or anal use is best done with a condom because of the porous nature of the Pearl Thunder.
Looks and texture aside, the functions of this toy are pretty standard. There are two rows of 6 beads each which spin and are controlled by the same sliding button as the rotation. Turning on these functions also shines a red light below the clear beads. As I don’t love rotation like others, I long for toys where shaft and beads have separate controllers. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the strength of the beads. It took the complete strength of my hand to halt their movement and once inserted, they spun despite any clenching of my muscles. I think this is the first time I can say that for any toy so Vibratex hit the jackpot with the beads.
The head of this shaft is on a bendable wire so that it can be bent to hit all the right spots but if someone is really looking for an extreme angle, they won’t find it with the Pearl Thunder. Only about an inch and a half can bend but because of the super-engorged head, it can only be bent right above the beads to the extent of a 25 degree angle (approximately). I didn’t find this to be an issue because I don’t require my toys to be bent and I’m not a big fan of rotation: the less, the better.
The issue I had with this toy was that it was actually uncomfortable, even painful, for the shaft to rotate. There is a lot less space for movement when the object inserted is as large as the head on this vibrator and the front wall of my vagina wasn’t liking it. I was even sore a bit the next day. Unfortunately, I did like the sensation of the beads which was, as I mentioned, pretty strong so it was either all or nothing.
I did prefer the clitoral stimulator of the Pearl Thunder over another Vibratex toy I recently reviewed, the Rock Your World vibe. Although not quite as large and powerful as I like bullets to be on rabbit vibes, it did the trick (and with 4 AAs, it better!). The vinyl material is just a little more solid so the clit stimulator lay snug against me and the toy hugged my pubic bone how I like. Ultimately, I achieved clitoral orgasm with the shaft turned off and the bullet turned up to high as I rocked the toy against my pubic bone.
Although I’m usually not a fan of sliding controls like the ones Vibratex uses, I noticed something on the Pearl Thunder that I do not recall on other toys. On maximum, the controls seems to click into place. Although it’s not a secure lock, it does help somewhat to prevent the controls from accidentally moving when you’re in the throes of passion.
One snafu I rant into was the foil-like gold sticker around the controls which describe the functions and direction of strength. When I opened the Pearl Thunder, which comes in a plastic box with cardboard band (on which any information is printed) like the Rock Your World vibe, this sticker was only partially pressed on and seemed to be slightly off center. The sticker itself looks tacky but that it wasn’t even completely on was even worse. I pressed it on and it stayed but wound up peeling it off, ultimately. The toy looks infinitely more attractive without it, in my opinion.
I think Vibratex did some things really well with the Pearl Thunder but there is still room for improvement. The size was nice but I would have preferred a vibrating head as opposed to a one which rotates – or separate controls. The beads felt nice and effectively stood the clench test and the body-hugging clitoral stimulator with its slightly raised nubs hit all the right spots (but could have been larger). Although not the safest material, the vinyl was comfortably pliable and the controls were surprisingly effective once the tacky sticker was removed. Out of all the Vibratex toys I have used, the Pearl Thunder is probably the one I like the most, despite the painful rotation.